Melanie Asmar

Senior Reporter, Chalkbeat Colorado

Melanie Asmar has covered Denver Public Schools for Chalkbeat Colorado since 2015. Asmar previously worked at Westword newspaper in Denver and for a daily newspaper in New Hampshire, where she covered education. Follow her on Twitter at @MelanieAsmar.

The redistricting process is already underway, and Denver Public Schools is seeking feedback on four potential maps.
“The way I lead today has a lot to do with my experiences from the outcomes of the Keyes case,” Principal Michael Atkins said.
STRIVE Prep - Kepner middle school will close at the end of this school year.
Denver Public Schools’ superintendent is recommending closing STRIVE Prep - Kepner middle school for low test scores. The school board is set to vote Jan. 12.
A judge concluded that the ban was “likely the result of improper retaliation” against Pryor.
“Siempre estaba asegurando que siempre fuéramos más lejos, hiciéramos más y nos esforzáramos más por los niños.”
The first phase of renovations to the former Johnson & Wales campus were estimated at $10 million. But the cost has risen to $16.6 million.
The Denver school board signed off on moving Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy from its office building location to the former Barrett Elementary.
“The debate over Denver’s reforms, as I’ve seen in the political arena, has been extremely heated but is not often grounded in facts,” author of Denver schools study said.
The school opened last year as an alternative to in-person learning. Parents and teachers pleaded with district leaders to keep it open.
“You already took our land,” one student said. “Why are you trying to take our school?”
If the lawsuit is dismissed, it will end a high-profile dispute that earned Denver Public Schools significant criticism.
“The reality is, at several points in the near future, we’re all going to have to make unpopular decisions,” Superintendent Alex Marrero said.
The Denver school board rejected a pared down recommendation to close just 2 schools. Members called for more community engagement even as budget questions loom.
“I really like my school and I want to keep it open because it’s like family to us,” one second grader told the Denver board, which is set to vote Thursday on recommended school closures.
El junta escolar tiene la última palabra. La junta tiene programado votar por la recomendación el 17 de noviembre. Se requiere mayoría de votos para aprobar la recomendación.
The 5 schools Superintendent Alex Marrero is prioritizing for closure are: Denver Discovery School, Schmitt Elementary, Fairview Elementary, IAD at Harrington, and MSLA.
Los líderes de los distritos de Denver, Jeffco y Aurora tuvieron en cuenta varios factores a la hora de decidir qué escuelas cerrar. Aquí veremos cómo cada distrito está manejando el cierre de escuelas.
As Colorado districts prepare to vote on school closures, Chalkbeat answered some common questions.
“The rescission of the policy allows the board to give Marrero a new direction,” Denver board Vice President Auon’tai Anderson said.
“The treatment we’ve experienced in the last two months is a direct example of institutionalized racism.”
The Denver school board will vote on Nov. 17. The Jeffco school board will vote on Nov. 10.